A good understanding of cardiovascular physiology is fundamental to understanding cardiovascular disease, exercise performance, and many other aspects of human physiology. Thus, cardiovascular physiology is a major component of all undergraduate courses in physiology, biomedical science and medicine, as well as postgraduate study programs for the MRCP and FRCA.
An Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology offers all the information needed by students and medical examination candidates in a clear, logical, and well-illustrated manner, with many useful line diagrams and tables that support the text and provide proof of concepts. It provides a comprehensive but accessible account of cardiovascular physiology, from the fundamentals of how the cardiovascular system works in both health and disease to more complex physiological� mechanisms and pathways.
Learning Objectives, Overview and Summary sections are helpful for checking understanding. The book encourages active, problem-based learning through clinical cases and Further Reading sections featuring primary research literature, review papers, and books.
J Rodney Levick DSc DPhil MA MRCP BM BCh(Oxon) Professor of Physiology St George's Hospital Medical School University of London, UK
Overview of the Cardiovascular System The Cardiac Cycle The Cardiac Myocyte: Excitation and Contraction Initiation and Nervous Control of Heartbeat Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias Control of Stroke Volume and Cardiac Output Assessment of Cardiac Output and Peripheral Pulse Haemodynamics: Flow, Pressure and Resistance The Endothelial Cell The Microcirculation and Solute Exchange Circulation of Fluid Between Plasma, Interstitium and Lymph Vascular Smooth Muscle: Excitation, Contraction and Relaxation Control Of Blood Vessels: I. Intrinsic Control Control Of Blood Vessels: II. Extrinsic Control by Nerves and Hormones Specialization in Individual Circulations Cardiovascular Receptors, Reflexes and Central Control Coordinated Cardiovascular Responses Cardiovascular Responses in Pathological Situations